Alumni in the News

Project Interchange Alumnus Discusses Start-Up Success

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Nico Berardi, PI alumnus from the 2015 Miami Entrepreneurs delegation, discusses his work as managing director of Accelerated Growth Partners and how he is focused on solving the “funding gap” for Miami entrepreneurs. Full article here: https://thenewtropic.com/nico-berardi-solving-funding-gap/

Felecia Hatcher, PI Alumna, Featured in Miami Outlet

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

PI alumna from Project Interchange’s 2015 delegation of Miami Entrepreneurs, Felecia Hatcher, was profiled in Miami’s The New Tropic. The article highlights Felecia’s journey from popsicles to progress and how she launched Black Tech Week.

PI Alumnus Selected as Director of Public Media in Argentina

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Project Interchange alumnus (2015 Argentinian Opinion Leaders delegation), Hernan Lombardi, was selected by Argentina’s President-elect Mauricio Macri to lead the National System of Public Media. More details of this announcement can be found here. Below is Hernan in Israel with Project Interchange (4th in on the left).

Three Project Interchange Alumni Participate in Panel at BILLA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

During Fiesta, the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA)’s 10th anniversary celebration in Mexico City, three Project Interchange alumni participated on a panel in which they discussed their first-hand experience in Israel. The panel included: Alejandra Castillo, Director of Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce, Felix Sanchez, Chair and Co-Founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and Trinidad Vergara, President and Co-Founder of V&R EDITORAS.

PI Alumna Wins Human Rights Award

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Leni Gonzalez, Project Interchange alumna from our 2006 National Latina Leaders delegation, was recently named as a winner of the 2015 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award from the Arlington Human Rights Commission. The James B. Hunter Award recognizes sustained commitment and/or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington by an individual, community group, non-profit organization or business. Read more here: http://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/2015-human-rights-award-winners-announced/.

Congratulations PI Alumna Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Huffington Post’s “40 Under 40”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley (2013 National Latino Leaders delegation) named in Huffington Post’s “40 Under 40” list of influential Latinos in foreign policy. Zuraya currently serves as VP of Public Affairs for UPS, where she works with governments and organizations to advance international trade and other policy priorities.

Project Interchange Alumna, Mary Sue Coleman, Named as Next President of AAU

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Mary Sue Coleman, former University of Michigan president, will become the next president of the Association of American Universities (effective June 1, 2016). AAU represents 34 public, 26 private and two Canadian universities. Read the full announcement in The Detroit News and see the photo of Coleman’s 2008 delegation of University Presidents in Israel.

Diplomatic Leadership Alumnus, Ambassador Suleymanov, Discusses Iran, the Nuclear Deal, and More with JNS.org

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Upon the conclusion of his AJC Project Interchange seminar in Israel, Azerbaijan Ambassador to the U.S. Elin Suleymanov spoke with JNS.org about his experience in Israel, his thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal and Azerbaijan’s international relationships. Ambassador Suleymanov stated that he has been enlightened about issues ranging from Judea and Samaria’s Jewish communities, to the Palestinians, to religion and rhetoric. Full article here.

Stonly Baptiste, Co-Founder of Urban.US and PI Alumnus, Featured in CNN Money’s Upstart 30

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Stonly Baptiste, Co-Founder of Urban.US and PI alumnus from the 2015 Miami Entrepreneur delegation, has been featured in CNN Money’s Upstart 30 list, which highlights the top 30 innovators and entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industries who are gaining significant traction and “disrupting” their fields. The feature article about Stonly and Urban.US can be found here.

Lori Bettison-Varga, Project Interchange Alumna, Named as New President of LA’s Natural History Museum

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Lori Bettison-Varga, President of Scripps College in Claremont, California, has been named President of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Read the LA Times announcement and see a photo of Bettison-Varga at Tel Aviv University during her 2013 Project Interchange University Presidents seminar.